New Rights for NYC Independent Contractors

May 16, 2017

With the “Freelance Isn’t Free” Act, NYC Administrative Code § 20-927, et seq., coming into effect this week, New York City workers are better equipped to receive proper payment and protection from prevalent wage theft practices by employers.  A skyrocketing number of freelancers, who steadily dominate today’s on-demand service economy, no longer have to worry that their status as independent contractors will impede their ability to receive full payment for their work in a timely... [...]

Single Use of a Severe Racial Slur Can Lead to a Hostile Workplace

May 03, 2017

Workers in New York, Vermont, and Connecticut may now point to a single utterance of a racial slur when claiming that an employer has created a discriminatory hostile work environment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  This is significant as courts within the Second Circuit generally have sought a steady barrage of racial comments when establishing a hostile work environment, and were reluctant to find isolated or sporadic use of racial slurs sufficient.  This... [...]

Seventh Circuit Rules Sexual Orientation Is Protected By Title VII

April 07, 2017

Employees in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin will be the first workers in the country with the right to sue employers in Federal Court for discriminatory employment practices based on sexual orientation.  In Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 5839, (7th Cir. 2017), the en banc Seventh Circuit ruled that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Chief Circuit Judge Diane P. Wood wrote... [...]

Faruqi & Faruqi obtains Collective Certification on behalf of Aldi Store Managers

February 24, 2017

The U.S. District Court, for the Northern District of New York, conditionally certified a collective action brought by Aldi Store Managers alleging the grocery chain misclassified them as exempt employees under the FLSA, in Griffin et al. v. Aldi Inc., No. 5:16-cv-00354.  Faruqi & Faruqi, as co-lead counsel, represents the Plaintiffs and a class of similarly-situated current and former Store Managers employed by Aldi.  Innessa Melamed heads the litigation on behalf of Faruqi & Faruqi. Aldi... [...]

States Increase Minimum Wages

February 07, 2017

New York workers, along with workers in 18 other states, are ringing in 2017 with higher minimum wage laws.  These increases are crucial to low wage workers as the federal minimum wage has remained stagnant at $7.25 per hour since 2009.  With Andy Puzder, Chief Executive of CKE Restaurants and a vocal critic of efforts to increase the federal minimum wage, likely to be appointed as President-Elect Donald Trump’s Labor Secretary, workers will continue to depend on cities and states to... [...]

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